`file` command mime types are inconsistent on RHEL6 with RHEL5.

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Why does the mime types inconsistent on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5?
  • When run with the --mime option, the file command returns a generic result for ISO9660 files that is inconsistent with the version delivered with RHEL5.x.
  • On RHEL5.x, file-4.17 (expected result):
$ file --brief --mime rhel-workstation-6.4-x86_64-dvd.iso
  • On RHEL6.4, file-5.04 (generic result):
$ file --brief --mime rhel-workstation-6.4-x86_64-dvd.iso
application/octet-stream; charset=binary
  • While technically correct, the significant magic for ISO9660 (string CD001 at offset 32769) has been missed.
  • Note that when run without the --mime option, the newer version of file returns a result consistent with RHEL5:
$ file --brief rhel-workstation-6.4-x86_64-dvd.iso
ISO 9660 CD-ROM filesystem data 'RHEL_6.4 x86_64 Disc 1         ' (bootable)


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • file-5.04-15.el6.x86_64

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